"Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster". Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change, also is likely to oppose it.
Despite not being on the congressional panel, Ocasio-Cortez continues to say that the speaker supports her efforts to push forward the Green New Deal and other climate change initiatives.
She spoke Thursday, shortly before Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, unveiled legislation aimed at combating climate change and creating jobs in renewable energy.
"We share this priority".
A news conference at the Capitol is set for Thursday, the day they introduce the resolution. The New York congresswoman added, "It could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail".
"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wage and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.
While setting lofty goals, the plan does not explicitly call for eliminating the use of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas, a nod to pragmatism that may disappoint some of Ocasio-Cortez's strongest supporters.
Pelosi said, "I welcome the new deal and any other proposals".
Ocasio-Cortez had wanted the select committee to be given legislative and subpoena powers but it was not. It was created to examine new climate change policies and does not have the sole goal of focusing on the Green New Deal, another complaint from the supporters of the proposal. Ed Markey (D-MA), according to Fox News' Chad Pergram.
Pelosi also told reporters that on Wednesday she appointed members to the newly formed House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
After Democrats won the House majority in November, Ocasio-Cortez emerged as an outspoken advocate for combating climate change and pushed for the select committee to be focused on formulating a Green New Deal that would move the country toward 100 percent renewable electricity over the next 10 years.
"It does, it does, yeah, I have no problem saying that", Ocasio-Cortez said. "Quite frankly I haven't seen it, but I do know it's enthusiastic, and we welcome all the enthusiasms that are out there". "Why? Because we have tried their approach for 40 years".
Most people interpreted Pelosi's response as pretty darn dismissive - except AOC.
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", she said.
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